Goggles Reviewed


As Maxi Jazz of Faithless once said…..”You don’t need eyes to see, you need vision” and eye protection is pretty much a must have on trials if you want to avoid eye fulls of dirt and mud (particularly in the winter). When it comes to eye wear you’ve got two options, glasses or goggles and I decided to have a look at a few of the latter. Rather than review at a single price point, I looked at goggles spread across a range to see what spending a bit less or a bit more money gets you.

Oakley Mayhem Pro MX

RRP £95.00

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It may surprise you to find these last on my list but I’ll explain why. These are a good looking set of goggles and feel really well made. The nose protector is removable and whether it was on or off, they fitted well with no encroachment onto my nose.

The Mayhems have plenty of venting which meant no steaming up and the 16cm of triple layered padding provided a good, comfortable fit.

The black tear off posts mounted on the lens were fairly noticeable and this was the only pair of goggles tested here that had no third strap mounted post.

3 thin silicone strips provide the anchoring and these performed well.


So how can I put the Oakley’s in last place? Don’t get me wrong, these are an amazing pair of goggles. My issue with them is, when compared to the others here, you’d have to have deep pockets to justify the £95 price tag. I know people will argue about Oakley build quality and military grade lenses etc but for the vast majority of riders this isn’t going to be something they need to worry about. If money’s no object you’d buy them. For getting the most on a budget, I’d look elsewhere.

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Fox Main Race

RRP £40.00

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These Fox goggles are fairly rigid and solid feeling. They offer a large view port and, like all goggles here, sport triple layer face foam with a fleece liner. The padding and Lexan anti-fog lens worked without any issues for me.

The tear off posts sat just above my eye line and were noticeable in my peripheral vision but not distracting. The strap mounted tear off post is a useful feature.

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They use a single 1cm non-slip silicone strip which worked effectively enough for me.

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The let down for me with these goggles were they seemed to sit slightly high on my cheeks resulting in them resting on my lower eye lids. I tried for a decent amount of time to rectify this but couldn’t really get a result I was happy with. Assuming other people don’t have similar issues, these are a really good pair of goggles for the money. You’d have to try before you buy though.

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100% Accuri

RRP £34.99

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The Accuri’s are 100%’s entry level goggles. Their entry level nature was evident in them having the smallest view on test here and they were also pretty flexy. Having said that though, they have 15mm of triple layered padding which did everything it needed to and I didn’t have any real issues with fogging while I was wearing them.

The clear tear off posts improved the view, being far less noticeable than others reviewed here with black posts. These have a third strap mounted post too.

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Keeping these goggles in place is a 1cm silicone strip and it did the job faultlessly.

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Overall these goggles performed well for the price compared to others here. The problem I had with these though, was they pinched my nose. It wasn’t by much and was kind of acceptable at first but after a few runs, when you’re breathing a bit harder, it began to get annoying.

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Giro Blok MTB

RRP £69.99giro 3

These goggles performed strongly in all but one critical area I’ll discuss at the end.

These Giro goggles had the visibility of the Fox Airspace goggles though were a bit more flexible than Fox pair. The triple layered padding was much lower profile than others here (I measured it at 12mm) but when it came to fit and dealing with sweat I wouldn’t have known it was significantly different if I hadn’t measured it. 

You also get a choice of two lenses with these – grey/silver (shown in the picture) and a clear lens – though I found the grey/silver a bit dark for winter months in the forest.

Clear tear off mounting posts kept distraction from these to a minimum with the third mount post on the strap optimising function.

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Twin silicone strips hold these guys in place and again they performed flawlessly.

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All in all I was thinking these were possibly going to be my outright winner until I found they didn’t fit in my D3 helmet. Twisted them, turned them, shoe horned them but all to no avail. I couldn’t fit them in. Wearing them with my enduro helmet they worked well with no fogging issues but this misses the point of what most people would want them for. Reading around, I’m not the only one who’s had this issue either. Providing they fit your helmet though, I felt these were one of the best performers here. 

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Fox Airspace MX

RRP £52.00


These Fox Airspaces had a larger view port and fitted better under my eyes than the Fox Main Race goggles (reviewed above) but, with this, the posts seemed to sit a bit lower and were therefore a bit more noticeable. In reality when you’re riding though, they disappeared in my peripheral vision. The nose guard fitted well and didn’t impinge on my nose. These were also one of the most solid feeling pair of goggles reviewed.

As with all but the Oakley’s, there’s a third strap mounted post.

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A 1.2cm silicone strip on these goggles did the trick in terms of keeping them in position.

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Overall these got my thumbs up as the best on test here. The combination good ventilation, wide viewing and good fit at a reasonable price point meant they got the nod over the rest.

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I wouldn’t have said there was a run away winner here for me but the Fox Airspace MX definitely ticked more boxes than the rest. If price was no object then I think I probably would splash out on the Oakley pair but it’s a big amount of money to spend when you look at their day to day performance against the others here. If you’re tempted by to Giro Blok goggles, make sure you try them with your helmet before spending. The Accuri and Main race goggles were good budget buys but spending a bit more seemed worth it.

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